Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, business, psychology, self, success, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, book, culture, storytelling, third world, writing, TEDGlobal 2009,...
With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, dance, entertainment, leadership, marketing, video, TED2010, 2010
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, education, psychology, success, TED Talks Education, 2013
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, anthropology, culture, environment, film, global issues, language,...
How do we decide who we are? Hetain Patel's surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent -- and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. A delightful meditation on self, with performer Yuyu Rau, and inspired by Bruce Lee. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, culture, dance, performance art, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon 2006, TED, Talks, Buddhism, God, culture, global issues, happiness, peace,...
Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, compassion, culture, photography, TEDxSF, 2012
In a heart-melting moment, Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, education, live music, piano, TED Talks Education, 2013
Maya Penn started her first company when she was 8 years old, and thinks deeply about how to be responsible both to her customers and to the planet. She shares her story -- and some animations, and some designs, and some infectious energy -- in this charming talk. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, entrepreneur, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, bullseye, business, entrepreneur, leadership, sales, selling, success,...
Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, business, culture, entertainment, politics, potential, psychology,...
Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don't know about women's heart health -- including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they're often missed). Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxWomen 2011, TED, Talks, health, medical research, medicine, science, women, 2011
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, arts, environment, global issues, photography, TED2013, 2013
At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q and A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, open-source, technology, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, business, culture, psychology, 2012
At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, Africa, creativity, energy, invention, poverty, 2009
Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet -- "All the servers are in Beijing" -- he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country's history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, global issues, journalism, social media, technology, TEDGlobal 2012,...
Imagine the hottest day you've ever experienced. Now imagine it's six, 10 or 12 degrees hotter. According to climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin, that's the type of future in store for us if we don't significantly cut our greenhouse gas emissions now. She suggests that it's time we do things differently—a whole system change, in fact—and seriously consider trading economic growth for climate stability. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, climate change, energy, green, policy, pollution, science, sustainability,...
Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, morality, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, culture, entertainment, humor, performance, TEDxSummit, 2012
Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, astronomy, biology, cognitive science, cosmos, evolution,...
Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, love, math, statistics, TEDxBinghamtonUniversity, 2014
Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences -- insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, brain, culture, society, 2011
In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.) ( 1 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, live music, music, TEDxSydney, 2013
For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball -- scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that's more about shared pleasure, discussion and agreement, fulfillment and enjoyment. Let's talk about … pizza. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, food, sex, TED2012, 2012
Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, communication, community, cooperation,...
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, education, TED Talks Education, 2013
Modern work — from waiting tables to crunching numbers to dreaming up new products — is about solving brand-new problems every day, flexibly, in brand-new ways. But as Yves Morieux shows in this insightful talk, too often, an overload of processes and sign-offs and internal metrics keeps us from doing our best. He offers a new way to think of work — as a collaboration, not a competition. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, cooperation, leadership, productivity, work, TED@BCG London, 2015
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, medicine, TED2012, 2012
In a disturbing — but fascinating — walk through history, Frances Larson examines humanitys strange relationship with public executions … and specifically beheadings. As she shows us, they have always drawn a crowd, first in the public square and now on YouTube. What makes them horrific and compelling in equal measure? Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Internet, death, history, online video, TEDGlobalLondon, 2015
Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cosmos, physics, science, universe, TED2012, 2012
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, death, global issues, health, health care, life, medicine, TED2015, 2015
First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies -- in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, brain, entertainment, illusion, magic, 2004
"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health care, mental health, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
When the Taliban closed all the girls schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Middle East, activism, education, inequality, leadership, women, TEDWomen...
Current medical treatment boils down to six words: Have disease, take pill, kill something. But physician Siddhartha Mukherjee points to a future of medicine that will transform the way we heal. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, disease, future, health, illness, innovation, medical research, medicine,...
It seems like we wait for a disastrous disease outbreak before we get serious about making a vaccine for it. Seth Berkley lays out the market realities and unbalanced risks behind why we aren't making vaccines for the world's biggest diseases. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Vaccines, ebola, economics, global issues, health, medicine, public health,...
It's 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there's no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources -- causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable problem. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, health, water, TED2013, 2013
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, brain, culture, psychology, self, 2012
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, happiness, meditation, mindfulness, peace, productivity, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "How can I come from a country?" she asks. "How can a human being come from a concept?" Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, culture, humanity, identity, self, world cultures, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, politics, 2010
"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, book, culture, history, humor, science, sex, writing, 2009
What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, happiness, psychology, work, TED2014, 2014
Much can be done with online data. But did you know that computer wonks once determined that liking a Facebook page about curly fries means you're also intelligent? Really. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so benign -- and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, data, social media, technology, TEDxMidAtlantic 2013, 2013
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxHouston, TED, Talks, communication, culture, psychology, self, social change, 2010
Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, aging, brain, health, medical research, memory, mental health, mind,...
Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests -- and to finally get some answers. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, culture, journalism, news, politics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, demo, design, global issues, invention, technology, water,...